Academics

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
6,270
Tuition
$22,683
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Academics: The academics on campus are somewhat in the air. You can find many students who are incredibly dedicated to their studies, and go on to do extra programs and the like. Finding a good professor for a certain class, however, isn't always easy.

3 College Junior

Academics: While the campus facilitates a sense of community among students of the same or similar majors, there isn't generally much guidance from the administration on the steps to take to ensure graduation on time. Workloads are doable, but as a biology major, you typically have to put in countless hours of studying.

5 College Senior

Academics: I have learned so much while attending Howard. The academic experience is one of the major highlights of my personal experience as a Howard student. Most of the professors are exceptional educators in whatever area they have expertise in. The professors also tend to be pretty understanding and flexible when needed. There are a plethora of different types of majors, minors, and classes in general for a student to enroll in. The registration process is the average online process, along with a new online class override process that still needs to be tweaked.

2 College Senior

Academics: Well, the reason I gave his rating for my major is because they are currently phasing out my major, Anthropology, from the list of possible majors at Howard.

4 College Junior

Academics: Most of the professors are very knowledgable and we have a lot who are experts in their field and have written books, articles, particpated on panels, and been on radio programs or interviewed on television. Professors teach at Howard becuase they love the school and the students; each one has a passion for what they do.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 895th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1058th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1097th
    Best Course Variety
  • 1201st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1374th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Hometown
Orange County, California
Major
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
2015
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Howard is unique in the sense that most of your education comes from outside the classroom, but there are classes that are beneficial to the real world, such as Networking 101. Actual academic courses do not tend to be more than the average student can bear with proper time management and study skills. To be a successful student at Howard, time management is a must. Most students are involved with activities outside of their classes, and to maintain a stable GPA, you must develop a strong study plan. Another must is relationship development. Most teachers here want you to get the best GPA you can, but with that you have to go to class and make yourself known. Many of the professors are quite understanding and approachable, so fostering a relationship with them is not hard. You have to remember that no one is going to help the student who only shows up on the first day and test days. Hailing from across the globe, many of your professors will reflect their various cultural backgrounds within their teaching styles. There will be teachers who expect nothing less than excellence from you and will not settle for anything less because you are a Howard University scholar first and foremost. Almost all of your classes will be relatively small and easy for your teachers to realize who does and does not come to class. Lecture classes such as psychology, sociology, and science will often seat up to 100 students in a class. Overall, it is fair to say that Howard offers education that starts in the classroom and expands far beyond the campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
637
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
187
Total FT Faculty
1,021
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$78,845
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Part-Time Retention Rate
22%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
63%
Programs/Majors Offered
105
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 63%
  • 20 to 49 students: 33%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering, Architecture, & Computer Science
  • College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Communications
  • School of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Law: 3%
  • Medicine: 2%
  • Social Work: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • African American studies
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Science (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed majors
Best Places to Study
  • Founders Library
  • The Health and Science Library
  • Undergraduate Library (UGA) lower levels
Tips to Succeed
  • Always make copies of everything.
  • Cultivate consistent study habits. For instance, complete the assigned readings before you come to class because when your professor says you're responsible for the information, you had better believe they're not kidding.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Make sure your professor knows who you are.
  • Never take professors' understanding and accommodating attitude for granted.
  • Plan a schedule you can comfortably work with.
  • Take advantage of your professor's office hours.
  • Visit your adviser regularly.
  • Your experience with a class will be different from your friends. Your success is contingent on you.
Did You Know?
  • Howard University was ranked second among the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • In addition to academic reinforcement programs set up by the University, some professors have Peer-Led Team Learning programs set up to help students who have trouble keeping their grades up.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 95 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 20 responses

  • 27% Thurgood Marshall - first African American U.S. Supreme Court justice
  • 19% Phylicia Rashad - actress
  • 15% Debbie Allen - dancer, choreographer, director, actress
  • 15% Zora Neale Hurston - author
  • 7% Taraji P Henson
  • 6% Dr. Ossie Davis - producer, director, actor
  • 4% Lance Gross
  • 3% Toni Morrison
  • 1% Richard Parsons - president of AOL/Time Warner
  • 1% P. Diddy

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 97 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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